By on April 19, 2017

2018 Jeep Wrangler

If photos taken of a strange feature on a camouflaged 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited make it to production, expect an even larger smorgasbord of ways to let the sun shine in.

Many details of the next-generation off-roader remain unconfirmed, but we’ve seen spy photos of cloaked prototypes for what seems like forever. Each time, there’s (usually) something new to see, and these photos aren’t any different. The interest here lies above the driver’s head.

The images, taken from a low angle and posted at JL Wrangler Forums, shows a collection of buttons and switches just aft of the vehicle’s rear-view mirror. Above the driver, what looks like a movable panel can be seen.

It’s already known that the 2018 Wrangler’s top will be as varied as food quality at roadside diners. The tried-and-true soft top and removable hardtop will make a return (in three-piece form), as will a hardtop with a fixed panoramic sunroof. What these photos show seems to be a compromise.

{Image: FCA}

The switchgear resembles that of a Jeep Renegade equipped with the available My Sky roof. If you’ve never sat in one, the roof features two glass sunroof panels. The front section can be retracted or both can be manually removed for a limited open-air feel. Without a top-down view — or even a peak through the rear window — it’s hard to tell if this is just a My Sky for Wranglers, or something slightly different.

One thing seems obvious. If Jeep went to the trouble of giving Renegade owners the option of My Sky, why not add something like it to a much-anticipated vehicle that sells in far greater numbers?

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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17 Comments on “Jeep’s 2018 Wrangler Might Add a New Way to Go Topless...”

  • avatar

    A sunroof isn’t topless, it’s more like she’s just wearing a sleeveless T-shirt.

    • 0 avatar

      Cut to at least catch some sideboob, I’d warrant.

    • 0 avatar

      If those panels are indeed removable, I’d say that’s pretty darn close.

      • 0 avatar

        My Sky is not too different from the older T-tops, the return of such being requested in another TTAC forum. The nice thing is that for short trips, you can just open the one over the front seats like any other sunroof but for day-long treks both the front and the rear one can be completely removed and stored under a panel in the cargo area, giving you a complete open-sky experience (with roll cage in place.) The Wrangler version would be little different as you would keep the vehicle’s frame (or at least tall doors) as side impact protection and somewhat defense against plant life incursion like whippy branches, etc. You would still want to probably open the rear window on the Wrangler (if they still permit that) for better airflow. Loved running fully open in my JKU with the side windows and rear window stored from soft-top and ran with back window up many times before I got tired of the leaks and sold the hard top.

        Did note one thing with the Renegade sunroof: no aerodynamic thumping (helicopter noise) with the top open and windows closed like I used to get in my Saturn Vue. With the Vue I had to drop the back door windows down about two inches to vent the pressure and eliminate resonance in that big, open chamber of the back (even with passengers aboard.) FCA has made notable improvements in what would seem very minor but noticeable areas.

  • avatar

    Cause the hardtop isn’t leaky enough already…

  • avatar

    Know what else the wrangler needs? A full time 4×4 transfer case

    • 0 avatar

      For what? That certainly wouldn’t improve its off road ability.

      • 0 avatar

        For the weather in my neck of the woods.

        Lots of patchy snow & ice means RWD isn’t good enough, and traditional 4WD is binding half the time because there’s good traction half the time.

        The last time I tried to drive a traditional 4WD in these conditions, I was flipping the 4×4 switch every 30 seconds or so. It’s much better to do that ob a drivetraib designed for the purpose.

        Yeah, this is not off road. But any car that isn’t FWD or AWD doesn’t do well in these conditions. Which means that the Jeep isn’t able to go everywhere when “going everywhere” involved commuting.

        Yeah, I could buy a JGC if I really wanted a Jeep with AWD. But I don’t actually like the JGC all that much.

        • 0 avatar

          Why, good winter tires will give better traction when you are moving than any advantage AWD might be perceived as giving.

          AWD won’t help you stop or steer any better than NWD.

          • 0 avatar

            I realize that it’s popular to post comments suggesting that AWD/4WD and winter tires are mutually exclusive options, but it’s not even somewhat applicable here. Driving a RWD vehicle on icy highways is unpleasant, demanding constant alertness, regardless of tires. With a FWD or AWD/4WD vehicle, you can just set the cruise and enjoy your coffee.

            For street use, it would be nice to have a lockable limited-slip center differential on a 4WD. It’s hard to imagine that anybody here in the Canadian prairies would buy one without it if it were an option.

    • 0 avatar

      That would be a useful feature indeed. That was a serious regression for the 5th gen 4Runner when they went back to part-time on the SR5/Trail, and full-time on the Limited. The V6 4wds used to get a multi-mode setup with 2H, 4H unlocked, 4H locked, 4L, V8 has always been fulltime (4H unlocked, 4H locked, 4L).

      Have there been YJ/TJ Jeeps with the NP242 Selec-Trac t-case? Seems like a really straightforward option to offer since the XJ with the 4.0L and similar running gear had it as an option.

      I’m curious whether the hard top version of the wrangler will do away with the roll bars. I’d love a 6spd Wrangler Unlimited, but the interior space is much too compromised by the rollbars to make it a practical replacement for my 4Runner.

  • avatar

    As long as it’s not that leaky electrical abortion that was the Sky Slider…

  • avatar

    I wonder what this amazing, revolutionary styling looks like that Jeeps trying to hide.

  • avatar

    Maybe we can get a ‘peak\'[sic] at it?

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